Dallas: Hillary Will final summary

Will turned back in opening round ENNIS, Texas. (September 24, 2006) -- Hillary Will was turned back by J.R. Todd in the opening round of the 21st annual NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals. Will's KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top...

Will turned back in opening round

ENNIS, Texas. (September 24, 2006) -- Hillary Will was turned back by J.R. Todd in the opening round of the 21st annual NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals.

Will's KB Racing LLC-owned, Kalitta Motorsports-managed Top Fuel dragster covered the Texas Motorplex track in 4.709 seconds, while Todd crossed the finish line with an elapsed time of 4.570 seconds.

In reviewing the race against Todd, Will said, "It was slightly disappointing because you always want to win. I left and didn't see him so I knew he was either right next to me or I was ahead of him. The car felt like it was on a good run most of the way, then all of a sudden I felt the tires start to spin. I thought oh no. I felt like I was standing still. J.R. passed by me and that was it."

"The track was not what we've come to expect from an NHRA prepared track," said Jim O., Will's crew chief, immediately following the first round. "That's a shame because the Texas Motorplex and its all-concrete surface is known for its quick elapsed times and its top speeds. It's recognized as one of the best racing surfaces on the circuit.

"Looking back, we got behind early in qualifying and never caught up. By having to adjust so that we made sure we got in on the final qualifying, we lost lane choice. We got the left lane and it bit us."

-credit: kb racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Hillary Will , J.R. Todd